Ashes analysis: Australia crumble as England start to swing

July 17, 2009

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I’m still unsure as to whether England’s first innings total of 425 is a good score on what is essentially still a flat Lord’s track, but with Australia 156 for 8 at the close of play on the second the home side can be proud of their efforts so far.

Defiant England escape with draw in first Ashes Test

July 12, 2009

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I’m still not quite sure how, but somehow England escaped with a draw from the first Ashes Test against Australia, closing out the fifth day on 252-9, 13 runs ahead of the Aussie total and with no time left for the tourists to bat.

Ashes day 4: England had no luck, and nor did they deserve it

July 11, 2009

CRICKET-ASHES/For a third day in row England’s demoralised bowlers wheeled away with all the luck of someone who’s just walked across the path a black cat and smashed a mirror while walking under a ladder.

England need the new ball to swing like the Sixties

July 9, 2009

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End of day two: Australia 249 for one in reply to England’s 435 all out.

What a difference a day makes. If Wednesday’s cricket was a breathtaking rollercoaster ride then day 2 was more like a gentle twirl on the teacups followed by a night in reading War and Peace.

Ashes day one: advantage Australia?

July 8, 2009

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What an extraordinary first day of Test match cricket, even by Ashes standards. A day that ebbed and flowed, that tormented and teased both sets of supporters and ultimately left us with the question: where does the balance of this match lie?

England make second-tier Aussie attack look too good

July 8, 2009

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Australia have no Shane Warne, no Glenn McGrath, no Brett Lee and no Stuart Clark, yet England still managed to lose three wickets on the opening morning of the first Ashes Test and failed to take the sort of grip on the match, and the series, that was there for the taking.

Caribbean cricket chaos could get nasty

July 8, 2009

scoreboardThe news that the West Indies squad for Thursday’s first test against Bangladesh have withdrawn their services, effectively announcing a boycott of the series, has thrown cricket in the once-proud Caribbean into further chaos and things could turn very nasty in the coming days.

To spin or not to spin? Australia’s crucial Ashes question

July 7, 2009

hauritzAustralia captain Ricky Ponting will be praying that the rumours of a sideways turning Cardiff wicket prove to be complete fallacy when the Ashes series begins on Wednesday.

Australia are the Ashes favourites but losing Lee is a blow

July 6, 2009

flintoffEngland’s cricketers face a monumental task if they are to regain the Ashes they surrendered so meekly in 2006/07. Forget 2005 for a moment and take a longer-term view. Since the turn of the 20th Century, England have managed just 17 victories in Ashes series, compared to Australia’s 30, as they have regularly been confounded technically and mentally.